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News General Motors is in Favor of Tougher Emissions Targets for 2030

General Motors is in Favor of Tougher Emissions Targets for 2030

General Motors and the Environmental Defense Fund made joint recommendations to the EPA for stricter emissions requirements.

  • The automaker collaborated with the Environmental Defense Fund to release recommendations to the EPA

  • GM wants to make it so that Federal standards force automakers to have at least 50% of their sales be EVs by 2030

  • The company wants to sell only electric light-duty vehicles by 2035, which is earlier than most major manufacturers

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently in the process of developing its proposed emissions requirements for the 2027 to 2030 model years.

During this process, the agency is open to hearing from implicated parties such as automakers and environmental groups, which usually have opposite opinions on the subject.

This time, however, General Motors actually teamed up with the Environmental Defense Fund to recommend the EPA set stricter requirements for emissions in order to have at least 50% of all vehicles sold in the United States be electric by 2030.

GM is pushing this since it is one of the fastest-moving legacy automakers in terms of electric vehicle development, with a plan to introduce 30 new EVs globally by 2025.

Furthermore, the company plans to have all of its light-duty vehicles be powered by electricity by 2035, which is also one of the rules it wants other automakers to be subjected to.

If GM’s propositions are adopted by the EPA, this could cause problems for smaller automakers that don’t have the resources to switch half of their production to electric vehicles by 2030 and go fully electric five years later.

The EPA rules that are currently in effect will require each automaker’s fleet to have an average fuel economy of at least 40 miles per gallon (5.9 L/100 km) by 2026.

The laws that will be applied for the 2027 to 2030 model years will require fleets to be even more efficient, which will only be possible with the addition of a number of electric vehicles in each automaker’s lineup and the removal of more polluting models powered by larger engines.

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